More community groups invited to join ‘reward scheme’

‘Warm Streets Communities Plus’ offers incentive to community groups

2 March 2010

Are you a Somerset-based community or voluntary group looking for a new project? If so, we’ve got something that may interest you.

CSE is currently looking to recruit additional groups into its successful new insulation rewards scheme, Warm Streets Communities. Groups in North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset are also welcome to apply.

Project manager Bridget Newbery explains further: “Under the scheme, community groups will receive payment for referrals to Warm Streets for loft and cavity wall insulation. There will also be practical support from CSE for community activities and local carbon-reduction projects.”

Initially launched as a pilot last autumn with seven community groups selected, the scheme proved successful enough to be expanded, and the extended project will run from April 2010 through to March 2011.

Groups will be paid about £10 for each successful referral into Warm Streets (i.e. receipt of a fully completed referral form). And householders will be able to take advantage of grants for free and subsidised insulation, saving energy and reducing their fuel bills at the same time.

Cara Naden, who leads the Transition Langport group,  one of the initial groups selected for the pilot, said: “Warm Streets Communities has been a great opportunity for us to work in partnership with an established organisation to support insulation measures in rural communities.”

About 50% of heat loss in a typical home is through the walls and roof, so encouraging people to insulate their homes is crucial for reducing energy use and CO2 emissions. CSE has been working on energy awareness projects for more than 30 years and this scheme is part of the Somerset-based Warm Streets programme for loft and cavity wall insulation, which is funded by Scottish and Southern Energy and the local councils in Somerset.

Interested groups should contact Bridget Newbery 0117 9341413 or bridget.newbery@cse.org.uk.

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